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MLS Top Scorer Signs Extension

January 27, 2003

FOXBORO, Mass. (AP) _ Taylor Twellman of the New England Revolution, the top scorer in Major League Soccer last season, has renegotiated his contract and will stay in the league through at least the 2005 season.

``Taylor was a key player in the team’s success last season,″ coach Steve Nicol said Monday. ``We are happy to have him back in a year that will be more productive for him after having already matured one season in the MLS.″

Twellman had three years left on a deal that would pay him $24,000 a year. The league, which negotiates all player contracts, has said he would be given a raise only if he agreed to remain under the league’s control longer.

Both the Revolution and Twellman’s agent, Craig Sharon, had confirmed earlier this month that the sides had agreed in principle to an extension.

Taylor had 23 goals and a league-leading 52 points last season for New England, which was defeated by the Los Angeles Galaxy in the MLS Cup. He was the runner-up in the league’s MVP voting.

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